No one could have ever explained to me how difficult it would be to find a balance between being a full-time clinician, parent, spouse, and volunteer leader. Some days I feel like I’m not doing anything well (or at least not well enough). I often talk to other moms and dads struggling to find a balance between private life, career, family, and a sense of obligation to contribute to the health-care system as a volunteer. Here are three ideas that might help you to find that balance:

  1. Prioritize – Although there may be a lot of things that you want to do, it is important that you learn how to prioritize. For me, I have to have a personal belief system that priorities my commitments and time.
  2. Ask for help – This includes asking for help of family and friends (it really does take a village) and asking for help from other volunteer leaders. Sometimes it is hard to admit you need assistance, so if you see a friend, neighbor, or colleague struggling to balance, offer to lend a hand. It’s all about karma.
  3. Ease up on yourself – No one is a harsher critic then the voice in your head. It may help to realize that often times you are your own worst enemy – give yourself credit and praise.

Do you have other pears of wisdom about trying to balance between the many roles health-care providers play? If so, leave them in the comment section below.